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Modern Languages BA
UCAS code: R000
The four-year Modern Languages BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, with over 250 modern language combinations possible. You may choose from more traditional combinations, such as French and German, or explore more unusual choices such as Danish and Italian, and spend a year abroad in two different countries.
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|Subjects||The following is required if part of the combination: French grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations an A level or equivalent in one of your chosen languages is required.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects, to include the following if part of degree combination: French at grade 6; Spanish at grade 6. For all other combinations a higher level in one of your chosen languages is required. No score below 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.
- The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.
- UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.
- Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, galleries, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.
In your first, second and final years you will take language courses in your chosen subjects, as well as courses in the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to them. You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.
You may choose two languages that you have studied previously, or take a language at beginner's level alongside one you already know. It is not possible to study two languages from scratch at the same time. Please refer to the SELCS website for information about which languages have specific entry requirements and what language levels UCL offers.
Your third year is spent abroad, studying at a university normally with which UCL has an Erasmus or other exchange agreement, working as a British Council language assistant or doing a work placement. This will be split between two countries where your chosen languages are spoken. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence regardless of whether they started a language from scratch or had previous knowledge of it.
Any two of the following languages may be combined (subject to entry requirements):
Dutch; French; German; Hebrew; Italian; Portuguese, Russian; Scandinavian (one of: Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish); Spanish; East European (one of: Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian); Yiddish.
It may be possible to combine Icelandic and Danish. Please contact the SELCS Admissions Officer for more details.
Importantly, you should note that the final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose, for example French and Italian BA, Dutch and German BA, Russian and Yiddish BA.
Your language classes focus on developing active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through lectures and seminars, as well as undertaking web-based study and group work.
Courses are assessed by a mixture of written and oral examinations, essays and other forms of coursework.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details on department website: Modern Languages BA
There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.
Popular career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching, while others continue with graduate training and research.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Research Assistant, 2020health (thinktank) (2012)
- Consultant, Deloitte (2012)
- Architectural Assistant, Nick Wilson Architecture (2011)
- Advertising Assistant, Ambition Communications (2011)
- Political Assistant to MEP, European Parliament (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive and offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.
Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.
When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught brom beginner's level so and A level or equivalent is essential.
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